50 Films For Christmas – Part 10 Of 10

Finally we arrive at the tenth and last part. Five more films for New Year’s Eve. And five pieces of crucial advice. Yeah right. Hope you enjoyed the whole thing, maybe we will see you next year for more. Thanks for reading, and feel free to comment below. Don’t Mix With The Wrong Crowd (Four […]

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50 Films For Christmas – Part 9 Of 10

Talk about leaving it until the last minute. Here we are at New Year’s Eve, and as promised the final ten Films for Christmas / New Year’s. Slightly different format for these, hoping providing some advice if you don’t have time to watch the movies. Here are the penultimate five: Look At What You Have Achieved […]

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50 Films For Christmas – Part 8 of 10

As Christmas Day blends into Boxing Day, I decided that perhaps the final two parts can reflect movies associated with New Year’s Eve. So before you become completely fed-up of all things Christmas, here are five more movies deemed appropriate for viewing while the tree is still up and there is turkey left in the […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Twenty-Four

by Steve Schwieghofer “Merry Christmas Eve, bitch!” Strains of “Toyland” playing in the background, so begins Sean Baker’s fresh and wonder-filled Tangerine. We begin our miniature odyssey in a donut shop where trans-prostitute, Sin-Dee Rella, meets up with bff Alexandra after serving yet another short stint in jail. Baker’s film, which I have said before […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Twenty-Three

How the Grinch Almost Ruined Christmas by Al Robinson First it was a book written by Theodor Seuss Geisel aka “Dr. Seuss” and published on Christmas Day in 1956. Then in was an animated short film that debuted on television on December 18, 1966. Most people up until then usually thought of the animated short […]

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50 Films For Christmas – Part 7 Of 10

We can almost touch the end now. I wonder how many of these Christmas related movies you lot have even seen. The next five of our festive marathon is a rather strange mix of movies, both in style and quality. Check them out. 8 Women (2002) 8 Women: veterans Danielle Darrieux, Fanny Ardant, the brilliant […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Twenty-Two

It’s a Wonderful Life is now 70 years old, and its story remains fresh. Following George Bailey, a man who always seems to be held back on what he wants to do in life is one of cinema’s most relatable characters. James Stewart gives one of his all-time greatest performances that make him the charismatic, […]

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50 Films For Christmas – Part 6 Of 10

Expect these Christmas films to come thick and fast now as we towards the big day itself, and we seem to be watching films quicker than I am writing about them. This time around we have the romance, the musical, the war film, and of course a couple of slasher flicks. We can’t seem to […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Twenty-One

By Jonathan Holmes When we think of films centered on the holiday season, we think about old Scrooge letting his guard down and learning to care for others besides his greedy self, or we think about George Bailey realizing just how many lives he’s touched due to his philanthropic efforts, or we watch young Ralphie […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Twenty

What’s this? What’s this? There’s color everywhere. What’s this? There’s white things in the air. What’s this? For many a reason, my mother is not someone I have an interest in film-debating with. “Have you seen XYZ? Did you enjoy it?” is about as deep as it gets. And that’s fine. A recent visit to […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Nineteen

I’m not here today to tell you that Eyes Wide Shut was not one of his finest hours. I’m here to simply remind you of his brilliance. The man was a genius, no doubt going through an artistic, internal struggle throughout his film-makng career. Intricate story-telling, immaculate tracking shots, the slow-burning tension and emotion – […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Eighteen

by Steve Schweighofer Henry II: HA! What shall we hang…the holly or each other?” For some reason it doesn’t appear on many Christmas movie lists, but the film version of James Goldman’s wonderfully acerbic and deftly scripted The Lion in Winter is most definitely a seasonal chestnut in every way. A yuletide gathering of a severely […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Seventeen

By Simone Cromer Set during Christmas time in Chicago, Home Alone is a comedy from the heart that demonstrates the importance of family during the holidays. Macaulay Culkin stars as a precocious 8 years old boy, Kevin McCallister, who causes so much annoyance and chaos as his family prepares for a Christmas trip to Paris, that […]

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50 Films For Christmas – Part 5 Of 10

Wouldn’t it be ironic if I could make the excuse that Christmas preparations got in the way of my writing this very post, so long after the previous part. Well, alas, I cannot blame the festivities this time around. I blame awards season, and I also blame my own ambition to embark on the Oscar-Winner […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Sixteen

by The Greek. At first glance, not a Christmas film by any means, The Godfather trilogy is what I consider a skeleton key of an epic that can be viewed and thoroughly enjoyed throughout the day, year, moods and epochs by adults and, yes, children alike. The dramatic violence is there to shake you but […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Fifteen

Christmas Movie Memories with our Family of Eight by Misty Fraker There is nothing quite as magical to a child as Christmas time. The music, the food, the movies… As a child, I couldn’t imagine anything better that sitting together with the family around the television, watching Christmas movies as the scent of sugar cookies […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Fourteen

So you think you hate Christmas? You think there is no Santa Claus? I don’t want to dig up any skeletons or unhappy memories for anyone, but when Kate Beringer declares casually that she now has another reason to hate Christmas, the audience watching Gremlins get sucker-punched. Billy Peltzer, too, is baffled. I mean, I know […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Thirteen

By Mike O’Donnell. It’s 1992, I’m a 13 year old boy, and I’m super excited for the new Batman movie. The first Batman film 3 years previous was epic. Batman is my new hero. Batman in Batman Returns is gonna blow my mind. I can’t wait. I go to the cinema with some friends. We […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Twelve

For a long time, as long as I can remember, in varying degrees of excitement and comfort, one of the things I have loved about Christmas, is when it is not exactly Christmas – but you can feel it. It’s certainly stronger as the festive season kicks into gear, but it is a feeling of […]

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The Darker Side of Christmas And The Things NOT Better Left Unsaid

There is comfort in sadness, trust me I know. It often becomes familiar, an old lover’s arms wrapping around you like a worn-out blanket smelling of better times, a mother’s all-engulfing embrace lacing threads of warmth into your soul. A kiss on the forehead, a moment’s silence amidst the deafening, the sadness becomes a drug […]

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